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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms That Work in Daily Life Are Now a Reality
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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms That Work in Daily Life Are Now a Reality

A new osseointegrated, or bone-anchored, artificial limb implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily lives. 

Robot From Twente to Save Lives in the Alps
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Robot From Twente to Save Lives in the Alps

The SHERPA project involves cooperation between human rescue workers, a ground robot with a robotic arm, and flying robots. 

Why Are Women Leaving Science, Engineering, And Tech Jobs?
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Why Are Women Leaving Science, Engineering, And Tech Jobs?

A survey says U.S. women working in science, technology engineering, and math fields are 45 percent more likely than males to leave the industry over the next year...

Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?
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Ebola: Can Big Data Analytics Help Contain Its Spread?

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has now claimed more than 4,000 lives.

FBI Director Warns Against Cellphone Encryption
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FBI Director Warns Against Cellphone Encryption

FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that...

ESA Confirms the Primary Landing Site for Rosetta
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ESA Confirms the Primary Landing Site for Rosetta

ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first...

Internet Caretaker ICANN to Escape U.S. Control
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Internet Caretaker ICANN to Escape U.S. Control

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers chief Fadi Chehade says the organization is on course to break free of U.S. oversight next year. 

Samsung's Futuristic Wi-Fi Tech Is Five Times Faster Than Today's Wireless Networks
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Samsung's Futuristic Wi-Fi Tech Is Five Times Faster Than Today's Wireless Networks

Samsung says it is developing 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology that uses the 60GHz frequency band to increase network speeds fivefold, to 4.6Gbps. 

UH to Develop New Wireless Communications Systems to Serve Remote Areas
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UH to Develop New Wireless Communications Systems to Serve Remote Areas

Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Hawaii Center for Advanced Communications seeks to improve wireless communication in remote areas.

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
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Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called "accessibility" lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access...

Snakes and Snake-Like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes
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Snakes and Snake-Like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes

Researchers have improved the ability of a snake-like robot to traverse sandy slopes by examining how real-life snakes move. 

Australian Teams Set New Records for Silicon Quantum Computing
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Australian Teams Set New Records for Silicon Quantum Computing

University of New South Wales researchers say they have developed two types of quantum bits that each process data with an accuracy of greater than 99 percent.

Rosetta Mission Selfie at 16 km
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Rosetta Mission Selfie at 16 km

Using the CIVA camera on Rosetta’s Philae lander, the spacecraft have snapped a "selfie" at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from...

How to Make a Black Hole
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How to Make a Black Hole

On July 2, 1967, a network of satellites designed to detect tests of nuclear weapons recorded a flash of gamma rays coming from the wrong direction—outer space.

NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere
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NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced...

Solid Nanoparticles Can Deform Like a Liquid
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Solid Nanoparticles Can Deform Like a Liquid

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while...

Automatic Authors: Making Machines That Tell Tales
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Automatic Authors: Making Machines That Tell Tales

Many artificial intelligence researchers believe one of the major breakthroughs in AI will be creating systems that are effective story-tellers. 

Hacking Their Way to Gender Equality
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Hacking Their Way to Gender Equality

About 60 high school and college-age women participated in the 2014 International Women's Hackathon on the campus of California State University San Marcos.

Geospatial Data Project Puts Major Issues on the Map
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Geospatial Data Project Puts Major Issues on the Map

A project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation aims to create a Web-based system for hosting, processing, analyzing, and sharing geospatial data. 
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